We had the good fortune of connecting with Elton Salazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elton, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Whether it be music, acting, drawing etc, I’ve always been drawn to art and has come naturally to me. So I guess I can say that I didn’t choose art, but it chose me. Art has helped me deal with emotional stress and has been my outlet for expressing myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am really proud that I just released my new single titled Post-Apocalíptico, from my 3rd album which also has the same title. I write songs and play music because its my way of life, it is part of who I am, and it is something I need. Some people do it to try and get fame, local popularity, girls/guys, money, and that’s why they only last a short time and then disappear. It is hard and tiring at times to keep going. It’s even harder when you play original music because most people prefer to listen to covers and so that is what a lot of musicians do, is play covers. Originality is what makes those cover songs great but, if no one plays original music then it’s hard for new artists/bands to emerge. I believe in true art, I believe that as an artist, you must dig deep within your soul to find that originality.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is a great metropolis with many things to do. To catch up I would take them to Agora Cafe, where they have delicious coffee and pastries and great atmosphere. It is located at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy, in the historic and artsy neighborhood of Montrose. From there we would head to The Museum of Fine Arts to look and experience their exhibits. They have lots of greats there, anyone from Van Gohg, Picasso, Dali just to name a few are featured there. After that I would take them for the best tacos in Houston to my good friend’s taco truck Boombox Taco. This taco truck really looks like a boombox and the food is authentic Mexican and delicious. Now it’s time for some live music, where at The Continental Club that’s what they specialize in. Great local and touring musicians play there every week and weekends. They also have a great selection of adult beverages. There are so many different things to do in the great city of Houston that I can go on and on but, the places I mentioned would just be a start.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Pablo De Vera is a friend of mine who is a great songwriter. Besides that, he is also the creator and organizer of Surfest, a great festival that brings a large part of the local music scene community together. He has been doing the festival for 10 years now I believe.
Other: Listen to my music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2q2TNwfDkyYAWm82nUqe7Z?si=LKVyLj2kSuiocFWhQ_pWjg email@example.com